Oct 8, 2019

EU President Donald Tusk scolds Britain's Boris Johnson on Brexit

European Council President Donald Tusk and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Photo Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

European Council President Donald Tusk on Tuesday rebuked British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a tweet, accusing him of playing "some stupid blame game" as the Brexit deadline nears.

"@BorisJohnson, what’s at stake is not winning some stupid blame game. At stake is the future of Europe and the UK as well as the security and interests of our people. You don’t want a deal, you don’t want an extension, you don’t want to revoke, quo vadis?"

Context: Johnson on Tuesday spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel about his Brexit proposals and told the chancellor that a Brexit deal would be "essentially impossible" if the EU demands Northern Ireland should stay in the bloc’s customs union, according to Bloomberg.

  • The chancellor insisted, however, that Northern Ireland should stay in a customs union, according to the BBC.
  • The 2 leaders spoke after Spector magazine published a text message from one of Johnson's officials that the PM blames the EU for hindering negotiations by refusing to move beyond the Irish border question.
  • The text also shows that Johnson is preparing for negotiations to collapse.

What's next: The U.K. is only 24 days away from the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline. Johnson is required by law to seek a new extension to the Brexit process if the U.K. and EU cannot reach a deal by Oct. 19, but he has maintained that he will take the U.K. out of the EU "do or die" at the end of October, according to CNN.

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Boris Johnson sends letter to EU requesting Brexit delay

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent Saturday evening an unsigned photocopy of a letter requesting the European Union delay Brexit, ITV News reports. He also sent the EU an "explanatory letter" from the United Kingdom's ambassador to the EU and a letter signed by Johnson making it clear he doesn't want a delay to Brexit, per the Guardian.

Why it matters: Johnson had said he would rather be "dead in a ditch" than seek an extension. But he was legally required to send the Brexit delay request after the U.K. Parliament passed a law in September requiring him to seek a Brexit extension rather than crash out of the EU without a deal on Oct. 31.

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Everything you need to know about Brexit

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On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom shocked the world and voted to “Brexit,” or leave the European Union. After more than three years of uncertainty and fractured politics, the U.K. officially exited the EU on Jan. 31, 2020.

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Johnson's EU Brexit deal plan rejected by key U.K. government ally

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's minority government partner, Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, said in a statement Thursday that it can't back the Brexit deal he's negotiated with the European Union "as things stand."

Why it matters: It's a major blow to Johnson as the DUP's support is vital to his plan to get an agreement approved by the British Parliament. The United Kingdom is due to exit the EU on Oct. 31.

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